Firefighter hurt battling business fire

Business fire at 1835 S Calhoun St, south of downtown Fort Wayne.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- Fort Wayne firefighters were called to a fire at a business south of downtown just before 3 a.m. Monday. Crews responded to 1835 S. Calhoun Street and found light smoke coming from the south side of the building. Firefighters forced their way inside and found heavy smoke in the hallway.

Fire Captain Jermaine Thomas told NewsChannel 15 that as crews were extinguishing flames in the hallway, they learned the fire was above them between the first and second floors. That’s when part of the ceiling collapsed and fell onto one of the firefighters.

Crews were able to free the injured firefighter from the debris, then evacuated the building until they determined it was safe to return.  His injuries are minor.

It took more than an hour to get the fire under control. The cause remains under investigation.